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São Paulo – The explosion that killed at least 182 people in the port region of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, on August 4, is another chapter in the country’s history marked by the influence of foreign powers and the system of division of powers among elites locations. On the other hand, neighbors in the Middle East and the West are committed to sending “humanitarian aid” to Lebanese.

However, for the professor of International Relations at PUC-SP Reginaldo Nasser, this type of aid serves to guarantee influence over the devastated country. In addition to “social marketing”, the material and financial resources sent to the Lebanese provide for “counterparts”.

“In this world of globalization and neoliberalism, the counterparts always come in privatizations. Nobody gives anything away for free ”, said Nasser, in an interview with Marilu Cabanãs, for the Current Brazil Newspaper, this Tuesday (25).

According to the professor, these are immediate actions, which are not intended to rebuild and develop the country. “As soon as that passes, Lebanon will go back to what it was.”

Brazil

In the case of Brazil, the situation is even more contradictory. When President Jair Bolsonaro invited his predecessor, Michel Temer, to lead a group of aid to the Lebanese, Brazil already counted more than 100 thousand dead by the covid-19. “I don’t know if it’s to laugh or cry,” said Nasser. For him, it is only a “satisfaction” of the Brazilian government for the Arab and Lebanese elites living in the country.

Challenges

The professor explains that Lebanon is an important financial center in the Middle East, where transactions originating in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, for example, go through. However, the country maintains high levels of concentration of income. “It is one of the most unequal countries in the world. The 0.1% of the richest hold almost 45% of the national income ”.

The situation was aggravated during the 1980s and 1990s, when Israeli and Syrian troops came to occupy the country. Subsequently, another attack by Israel occurred in 2006, leading to the destruction of the capital. “You have to remember all of this. It is an accumulation of problems, inequalities, meddling by the surrounding states and also by the great powers, ”said Nasser.

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Writing: Tiago Pereira – Edition: Helder Lima

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Centrals promote act for emergency aid of R $ 600 in São Paulo

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São Paulo – Union centrals will return to the streets next Tuesday (3), for an act in São Paulo, in front of the headquarters of the Central Bank, on Avenida Paulista. On the centrals’ agenda is the maintenance of emergency aid in the amount of R $ 600 and the exemption from payroll so that companies can react to the effects of the pandemic and keep jobs. The demonstration is scheduled for 11am.

The issue of R $ 600 emergency aid has been the subject of a campaign by the exchanges since September, when the government issued Provisional Measure (MP) 1,000. The benefit was extended until December, but the Planalto cut the amount in half, to R $ 300. The opposition in the Chamber and the centrals want the MP to enter the agenda, which has been obstructed for a month. This week, the President of the House, Rodrigo Maia (DEM-RJ), said he could include the topic on the agenda.

The maintenance of tax relief for 17 sectors of the economy was vetoed by Jair Bolsonaro. At first, it ends in December. But Congress is mobilizing to overturn the veto. The president of the Senate and Congress, Davi Alcolumbre (DEM-AP), scheduled for next Wednesday (4) a joint session to analyze presidential vetoes and bills.

Positive for covid

The president of Força Sindical, Miguel Torres, tested positive for covid-19. On video, he said he had no serious symptoms and was breathing normally. Already medicated, he will be quarantined at home. With the confirmation, the manager’s family is conducting tests.

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